Monthly Archives: January 2015

FlappCast Episode #93 – Bringing The British Awesomeness… Matt Kirshen

MattKirshenMatt Kirshen, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses the specifics of various American and British accents, the process of doing Last Comic Standing, how British audiences are different from American audiences, and a great piece of advice for doing TV spots. Before that, Kyle Chrise talks about his upcoming show at Flappers, The Fastest Joke In The West. During Punch It Up, Paul Mckeown and Charles Greaves perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

London born Matt Kirshen’s precision wit has already earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently his appearances as a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing has earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.

He has also recorded a half-hour special for the World Stands Up, Comedy Central, appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Amsterdam and Edinburgh.

His debut CD, “I Guess We’ll Never Know” was named in Punchline Magazine’s top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his lines appearing in the Montreal Gazette’s round up of their best jokes of the fest.

FlappCast Episode #92 – The North North American… Harland Williams

HarlandWilliamsPicHarland Williams, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses how he worked as a skinny Santa Claus, how he almost got cut from his first time on Letterman because he was reserving his energy for the audience performance, and his app game Falopio for phone and tablet. During Punch It Up, Brent Lowrey and Trey Stewart perform 3 minute sets and get critiques.

Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand-up and sketch comedy routines. Williams has starred in numerous unforgettable roles such as the pee-drinking cop in “Dumb and Dumber”, the loveable horse-killing stoner, Kenny in “Half Bake”, the hitchhiking serial killer in “There’s Something About Mary”, the silent motorcycle stud Slater, in “Superstar”, the goof-ball astronaut Fred Z. Randall in “Rocketman,” the whale-calling Sonar in “Down Periscope”, and Roberta, the ugliest red head in the world in “Sorority Boys.”

Williams is also seen regularly on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.” He has done solo stand-up comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, CTV, and CBC. In addition to his on-screen roles, Williams has provided voices for several animated productions including “Robots” and is also an accomplished author and illustrator of his own series of children’s books involving a little brontosaurus named Lickety Split.

FlappCast Episode #91 – Bookings and Beatboxing with Richy Leis

RichyLeisBrickWallRichy Leis, along with Barbara Holliday and Joshua Snyder, discusses his life starting in Philadelphia moving to Florida to now L.A., being involved with musical theater as a kid, his start doing bookings for John the Stutterer going all the way through to being Head Booker for Flappers now, and beatboxing. During Punch It Up, Aubree Sweeney performs a 3 minute set and gets critiques… and then everyone discusses the different names for the “whoo-haa”.

Finalist in the 2010 Miami Improv New Faces Competition, 2010 Palm Beach Improv New Faces Competition, Stand Up Comedy on MTV’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him”, Improv Comedy on VH1′s Basketball Wives, and has opened for comedians Jim Breuer, John Pinette, Jeff Garlin, Steve Byrne, Dom Irrera, and more. Richy is on fire in the entertainment industry and with a new home base in Los Angeles can currently be seen in residence at Flappers Comedy Club Every week!

Through stand up comedy and “Boy Band” like vocals, Richard has an amazing ability to make everything fun.

Born and raised outside of West Philadelphia, crowd after crowd, love the relatability in his situational humor. Incorporating true life family and relationship experiences with a background in music and improvisation, Richy has created a unique brand of comedy that allows each performance to be wonderfully memorable and different. Stories of growing up the middle child of four with divorced parents and too many failed past relationships makes for nothing but hilarity.